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Mr Wrong and Mr Right

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

Being able to tell Mr Wrong and Mr Right apart can help you avoid an abusive relationship.

The Freedom Programme is a weekly support group that covers a 12 week rolling programme for women who want to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse.

The next programme starts in January 2013.

  • Daytime group – Mondays at 10am from 7 January – 25 March
  • Evening group – Tuesday at 6pm from 8 January – 26 March.

Childcare places are limited, please do check availability with the Domestic Violence Team coordinator on 01422 323339 or email

Mr Wrong – the abusive man
  • Shouts
  • Sulks
  • Smashes things
  • Glares
  • Calls you names
  • Makes you feel ugly and useless
  • Cuts you off from your friends
  • Stops you working
  • Never admits he is wrong
  • Turns the children against you
  • Uses the children to control you
  • Never does his share of the housework
  • Never looks…

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Companionship at Christmas

Do you know someone who will be alone at Christmas?

Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas scheme provides free festive lunches and overnight stays to older people who would otherwise be alone during the Christmas period.

For the third year running, Abbeyfield is inviting these people to spend time at an Abbeyfield house or care home for a free festive dinner or even an overnight stay – giving older people an alternative to spending the period alone throughout the holidays (24th December – 4th January).

The only requirements are that you are:

  • Over 55
  • Alone over Christmas
  • Currently living independently

In Halifax, the scheme will be running at Ing Royd, which is in Savile Park, Halifax. (Click here to view on a map.)

If you are alone this Christmas or know someone who might be you can contact Abbeyfield on 0845 052 3553.

Support for younger carers

  • Are you aged between 18 and 25?
  • Are you caring for someone?
  • Do you need some support?

Calderdale Carers Project is here to help you as a carer!

We offer a range of services especially for young adult carers such as:

  • Case Working (Including a home visiting service to identify your needs)
  • Activity Sessions/ Support Group
  • Access to £250 small grant to take a break
  • Emergency Back-Up Plans
  • And much much more!

For More Information Please Ring Lydia on

01422 369101 or 07858714068

Also please search for our Facebook Page: Calderdale Carers Project.

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And you are also invited to the launch of this project:

The launch event will take place on Tuesday 16th October from 6.30-8.30 pm in the Bancroft Suite at Calderdale Carers Project, Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD.

The event will include:

  • Get to know each other activities
  • Brainstorming activity to gather further ideas for the new service
  • A handover presentation from the young carers service
  • And a pizza buffet!

If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Lydia on 01422 369101 or email

Online weight loss clinic – open til 8th June

If you’re worried about your weight or trying to lose weight, the online clinic on weight loss, run by NHS Choices, is your chance to get expert advice and information specifically about your concerns.

Specialist consultants, dieticians and fitness experts are available to answer your questions on diet and dieting, obesity, nutrition, exercise, fat and health issues related to being over or under weight.

The clinic is in ‘forum’ format, and there is information on the front page helping you to understand how to use it. First of all you will need to register with TalkHealth – you can do this by clicking here. Once you are registered and logged in, you’ll have access to all of the information on the forums.

The online clinic on weight loss, hosted by talkhealth with support from the charity Weight Concern, is open until Friday June 8 2012.

Upcoming online clinics in 2012:

Jubilee walk – Wednesday 6th June in Halifax

UpBeat exercise scheme and CREW heart support group have teamed up to bring you a choice of two walks on Wednesday 6th June, both setting off at 10am from the Jungle Experience, Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

The first walk is about 2.5 miles and provides a fairly challenging walk with some uphill parts. The second is about 2 miles and is a gentler walk, suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

To book a place or get more information phone the Upbeat office on 01422 284409 or e-mail

Click here to download a map and futher details (PDF)

Funding for energy efficient measures in Sowerby Bridge and Skircoat Wards

Local involvement in energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes has just been made a little easier by some extra funding for residents in Sowerby Bridge and Skircoat Wards.
Calderdale Council recently carried out a pilot project and a report on how to insulate older properties in Calderdale and this project, delivered by Alternative Technology Centre, supports the findings by funding the installation of some of the measures recommended in the report.
The scheme will enable residents who live in older properties, built from early 1900 onwards to access free or discounted insulation. Advice and information on insulation is available for owners with solid walled or rubble filled cavities.
There is limited amount of funding available and the measures will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Applications are also invited from owner occupiers for special attic bedroom insulation. The attic room must be uninsulated, permanently occupied, and someone in the household must be claiming a means tested benefit. One property will be selected to have this insulation fitted free of charge (subject to survey).

In addition to surveys and insulation schemes a series of workshops will also be delivered in Sowerby Bridge about how communities can set up their own renewable energy schemes. This is a time limited offer so if you are interested please contact Alternative Technology Centre:

Telephone: 01422 842121


Event Date Time Location
Local renewable energy options Wednesday 14th March 7-9pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Talks and discussion on all the main local renewable energy technologies solar PV and thermal, wind, micro hydro and heat pumps. Refreshments provided.
Financing a community energy project Saturday 17th March 2-5pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Workshop delivered by Key Fund West Yorkshire
Community share offer – how they work Monday 26th March 7-9pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Mark Simmonds of Co-operatives UK will deliver a talk about community share offers and the potential for local investment in renewable energy. Refreshments provided.
Tour of New Mills community owned hydro site Sunday 25th March All day Transport provided
Spaces are limited so please book early ring the ATC on 01422 842121 or email